FOCUS stands for Families of Cultural Understanding at St. Andrew’s. The group was started in 2015 to serve as a place for members of the school community to connect over a common goal; namely, to thoughtfully engage in the work of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB). If you are a parent who believes that the holistic development of your child should involve an intentional ‘focus’ on the work of DEIB and that learning based on academics, art, athletics, and service alone do not a whole child make, then we invite you to reach out to us so that you can find out how to get involved.
Several school-sponsored FOCUS events and receptions take place each year, but more frequent gatherings initiated by parents are encouraged as well. Additionally, there are several DEIB education groups on campus that are doing great work to help actualize the FOCUS mission. Whether institutional or grassroots, planned or organic, FOCUS is a place for anyone who considers scholarship, inquiry, and active participation related to cultural literacy as vital to the health of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
A white ally accepts the limits of her/his/their knowledge about other people’s experiences but doesn't use that as a reason not to think or act. A white ally does not remain silent but challenges racism as it comes up daily, but also seeks to deconstruct it institutionally and live in a way that challenges systemic oppression, at the risk of experiencing some of that oppression. Being a white ally entails building relationships with both people of color, and also with white people in order to challenge them in their thinking about race. White allies don’t have it all figured out, but are committed to non-complacency.
A group that provides an opportunity for people to explore, unpack, and engage in conversation on the various interpersonal dynamics, beliefs, and thoughts that shape our racialized experiences as members of a community.
A social construct that artificially divides people into distinct groups based on characteristics such as physical appearance, ancestral heritage, cultural affiliation, cultural history, ethnic classification, and the political needs of a society at a given period of time.
An umbrella term for people who identify as neither female nor male and/or as neither a man nor as a woman. Transgender is not a sexual orientation; transgender people may have any sexual orientation.
Transgender people are those whose psychological self ("gender identity" – one’s internal experience of their gender) differs from the physical sex with which they were born (“biological sex” - one’s body -genitals, chromosomes, etc.). Often, society conflates sex and gender, viewing them as the same thing. However, gender and sex are not the same thing.
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• Austin Interfaith • Annual Black Composers Concert • El Buen Samaritano • Austin Peace Academy
• Asian American Resource Center • Refugee Services of Texas
• Students of Color Affinity Groups (LS/MS/US) • CIA - Culture, Inclusivity, and Awareness Cabinet (MS) • Cultural Competency Council (US) • Spectrum - Gender and Sexuality (US)
Past Speakers and Conferences Attended by Faculty
• Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee • Dr. Ali Michael • NAIS Diversity Leadership Conference • NAIS People of Color Conference • NAIS Student Diversity Conference • Diversity Directions • Equity Lab • Equity Exchange • Exeter Diversity Institute • National Diversity Practitioners Institute, UT - CSRD/ Center for Study of Race and Democracy